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Against Walls by Bryn  Hammond
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May 02, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, ancient-history, asian-history

This is a very well-written and engrossing re-telling of an ancient text, The Secret History of the Mongols, the story of Temujin (Genghis Kahn) and his family. I'll admit I know little of this history beyond what I recall from an old film starring Omar Sharif and Stephen Boyd. Nevertheless, I don't think you need to know the specific history to appreciate this compelling novel.

Three things impressed me most: Hammond's ability to create believable characters in everyday situations; her use of "modern" language suitable to these characters that works much better than contrived archaisms;the interchange among civilizations and nomadic peoples and the effect these relationships have had within history. In that regard, we live in history, we are all the product of those who came before us.

All in all, this novel is a significant achievement.
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May 2, 2012 – Shelved
Started Reading
July 19, 2012 – Finished Reading
July 20, 2012 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
July 20, 2012 – Shelved as: ancient-history
July 20, 2012 – Shelved as: asian-history

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